Paddle from Yukon to Lake Overholser

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Added by Blake Batchelor

An easy, fun float trip on the west side of OKC? Not many people even know about this one! Start in Yukon and follow the North Canadian River through the Stinchcomb back to Lake Overholser. This 8 mile float is dependent on rain so check the gauges (river level) before you head out!

Figure out how you're going to shuttle your car and kayak. The float begins in Yukon, which is on the west side of OKC. Drive to the center of Yukon and turn north on Piedmont Rd. (Hwy 4) Drive a few miles north to the N. Canadian bridge. Park on the NE or NW side of the bridge. The parking is not great, but there is a good walking path down to the river.  The float ends roughly 8 miles later at the Rt. 66 Bridge on Lake Overholser Dr. in Bethany. There is good parking and a boat ramp there. The Stinchcomb section of the float begins after passing under the highway about 1/2 way into the float and continues until the end. There is a low concrete dam here that you may scrape. It usually creates a class 2 mini-rapid. Please respect any posted private property signs before you reach this area. There are good beaches you can stop and relax on throughout the float. There is also great bird-watching and fishing. This float is very rain dependent. If the the water is not high enough, you can get stuck in the meandering parts of Stinchcomb and will be dragging your kayak for quite a ways. Try checking the Yukon and Rt66 gauges for the North Canadian. Southwest Paddler has a good link on their website.

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